A new title, night games, and pool sponsors are just some of the new features that will be added to the 2015 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW schoolboy Manning and daCosta Cup competitions. The competition is set to kick off on Saturday, September 12 with a triple-header at Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay. Manning Cup champions Jamaica College will oppose Calabar High in the opener at 2 p.m. DaCosta Cup holders Clarendon College take on Edwin Allen in the second game at 4:45 p.m, before Irwin High face former winners Cornwall College in the final game at 6:45 p.m. Last season’s title sponsors LIME have merged with FLOW, who are the new title sponsors, and the 2015 schoolboy football competition will be the first undertaking by the new sponsors this season is the introduction of night schoolboy football. ISSA president, Dr Walton Small, admitted that there are concerns regarding night football for schoolboys but cautioned that this season was a trial and that they would review it at the end of the competition. “We had the discussion and the pros and cons were looked at … . For these games we expect everything to be finish by 8 p.m. “If parents can’t accompany them, we expect them to put things in place to ensure they get back to their destinations.. At the end of the year it is something that we are going to evaluate to see if we should continue,” he told The Gleaner. Another new addition is pool sponsors. Eleven schools will make a pool, which will include one seeded Manning Cup team and a seeded daCosta Cup team and nine others selected by each prospective sponsors. The logo for the pool sponsor will be branded on the back of the jerseys. There are 10 pools available and Wisynco has already taken four pools, Locker room has taken one pool and Lasco another pool, while two companies are said to be in negotiations and their sponsorship will be announced by next week. Each pool costs $2 million and the sponsorship will extend to the school’s junior teams (Under-14s and Under-16s) who will wear the sponsor’s logo at the front of their jerseys for their respective competitions. The Manning Cup final is set for November 28 at the National Stadium and the daCosta Cup final scheduled for December 5 at the Catherine Hall Complex. The ISSA/FLOW Super Cup will take place between October 24 and November 14. There will only be one leg for the Oliver Shield this year and that takes place on December 12.
TWO of Donegal’s rarest birds have suffered as a result of recent gorse fires, a top ornithologist said today.The twite and the cuckoo are already struggling to survive in the county.The twite, a member of the finch family, is already on the verge of extinction, with just 100 breeding pairs reported to be in the whole country last year. The bird’s ideal habitat is heather and gorse, and its main breeding grounds are here in County Donegal and in parts of County Mayo and Co Donegal.Scrubland is vital to the well-being of this bird. Without a plentiful supply of scrub and subsequently the cover and array of seed and other food sources which it provides, the outlook for the species is now even more uncertain.Birdwatch Ireland expert Niall Hatch said: “The scrub is not just an important source of for food for the twite, it is also needed for protection and defence against potential threats. The twite uses the scrub as a shelter. The vulnerable chicks are free to forage for food undisturbed. “The removal of this cover is very serious.“Birds like the stonechat and the whitethroat will also have been very badly affected. The gorse is their ideal territory and that will pose significant problems. They will have lost their first clutch of eggs and they won’t get the opportunity to nest again. The gorse itself can bounce back, but birds, butterflies, moths, plants and vegetation can take years.” Hatch said the cuckoo, another species accustomed to thriving in the terrains of the bogland and moorland, is suffering badly.“The cuckoo relies on the nests of other birds,” he said.“The already-low cuckoo numbers will now be under considerable threat as a result of the gorse fires.”FEARS FOR CUCKOO AND TWITE AFTER GORSE FIRES – EXPERT was last modified: May 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Sean Flaherty: Pic Brian McDaid/CristephA FISHING trawler skipper whose bank account is overdrawn has been ordered to pay €40,000 in fines after being found guilty of illegally landing fish worth less than €3,500 at Killybegs.Sean Flaherty, who is 64 and from Rossaveel in County Galway, had fought a prosecution case over five days in front of a jury. He was found guilty on two counts of failing to accurately record his catch of herring in November 2003.The jury found him not guilty of a third alleged offence and failed to reach a verdict on a fourth charge.However Judge Keenan Johnson said there were several aggravating factors in the case, one of them being that Flaherty had stone-walled Gardai from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation who were brought in to investigate the case.The prosecution centred on official paperwork.Flaherty would record that he landed smaller catches on his official logbook; but invoices from fish agents and processors showed he had landed much larger catches.His extra profit from the two landings was just short of €3,500.However the judge said the case went to the heart of fisheries protection, not least the protection of fishermen like Mr Flaherty.Over-fishing, he said, would ultimate hurt all those involved in the fishing industry.The State, said Judge Johnson, had put “enormous resources” into the case and the protection of fisheries.He gave Flaherty credit, saying he had worked at sea since the age of 17 and had never been before the courts.Flaherty was fined €20,000 on each charge.Defence barrister Damian Crawford, who earlier said his client was overdrawn on his bank account, asked that time be given to pay the fines.The judge agreed to give the Galway man 12 months to pay the first €20,000 fine and two years to pay the second fine.€40,000 FINE FOR SKIPPER WHO ILLEGALLY LANDED EXTRA FISH IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDonegal Town Circuit CourtFishingillegaljudge keenan johnson